Po­lice turn off 8 speed cam­eras

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - FRONT PAGE - Blair Jackson

WA PO­LICE have an­nounced eight fixed speed cam­eras will be switched off af­ter a se­ries of mis­reads and in­cor­rect fines.

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Paul Zanetti said the cam­eras had been put into test mode af­ter their ac­cu­racy was brought into ques­tion by a se­ries of in­cor­rect read­ings and ‘radar bounces’.

Data will still be col­lected but those eight cam­eras will not fine speed­ing driv­ers while they are tested.

Cam­eras are rou­tinely switched off or put in test mode, but Mr Zanetti said WA Po­lice were mak­ing the an­nounce­ment so the pub­lic could re­tain its faith in the speed cam­era net­work.

A re­view into speed cam­eras be­gan in April af­ter a woman dis­puted a penalty. She was wrongly ac­cused of trav­el­ling 162km/h on the Kwinana Free­way near Bal­divis. The re­view con­tin­ues into 53,000 in­fringe­ments from po­ten­tially faulty cam­eras. So far, po­lice have re­funded 27 in­cor­rect fines.

One of the cam­era man­u­fac­tur­ers recommended tak­ing them off the road for in­de­pen­dent test­ing.

Mr Zanetti said po­lice would work to fix the prob­lem, in­clud­ing au­dit­ing thou­sands of in­fringe­ments.

Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Chris Daw­son said he wanted the pub­lic to know the faulty cam­eras were not an in­vi­ta­tion to break the law and ex­tra pa­trols would fo­cus on the cam­era-less stretches of road.

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